English Standard Version
Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
King James Bible
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
American Standard Version
Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? Neither can'salt water yield sweet.
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear grapes; or the vine, figs? So neither can the salt water yield sweet.
English Revised Version
Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? neither can salt water yield sweet.
Webster's Bible Translation
Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? or a vine, figs? so no fountain can yield both salt water and fresh.
Weymouth New Testament
Can a fig-tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine yield figs? No; and neither can salt water yield sweet.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh
The best texts omit so can no fountain, and the and between salt and fresh. Thus the text reads, οὔτε ἁλυκὸν γλυκὺ ποιῆσαι ὕδωρ. Render, as Rev., neither can salt water yield sweet. Another of James' local allusions, salt waters. The Great Salt Sea was but sixteen miles from Jerusalem. Its shores were lined with salt-pits, to be filled when the spring freshets should raise the waters of the lake. A salt marsh also terminated the valley through which the Jordan flows from the Lake of Tiberius to the Dead Sea, and the adjoining plain was covered with salt streams and brackish springs. Warm springs impregnated with sulphur abound in the volcanic valley of the Jordan. Ἁλυκὸν, salt, occurs only here in the New Testament.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the fig tree.
You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once.
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
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